posted 7/26/12 11:23 AM PST
by Jim Brown
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Under the Radar Minor League NL Pitching Performance of the Week
RHP Gus Schlosser, Hi-A Lynchburg (ATL)
season stats: 2.99 ERA, 129.1 IP, 113 H, 24 BB, 101 K in 20 starts
July 18-July 24: 17 IP, 0 ER, 6 H, 0 BB, 12 K in 2 starts
The Lynchburg Hillcats have been the minor league version of my beloved Pittsburgh Pirates this season. Like my Buccos, they have been near or atop of their respective division by quietly winning each of their series' in the Carolina League. They won the first half handedly and currently lead the second half by one game. One of the reasons for this success has been the pitching of Gus Schlosser, our first repeat UTR pitcher for 2012. Schlosser was tagged as one of my pre-season breakouts, but as a reliever, for his solid performance over 2 levels in 2011. The 6'4" right-hander picked up his league-leading 11th win on Monday night by pitching a complete game shutout over Potomac and extending his scoreless streak to 23.1 innings. This followed a stellar outing (8IP, 1H, 1BB, 6K) on July 18th where Schlosser retired 24 in row after giving up a leadoff single to start the game. This now gives Schlosser 23.1 straight innings without allowing a run. I like the fact that the 23 year-old has improved his ERA and Batting Average Against in each month this season, a sign that he's getting stronger as he builds innings.
Schlosser told AtlantaDugout.com in early July that his off-season commitment to work hard has been the main factor in his success. He focused on his mechanics, becoming physically stronger, and developing his pitches, including a cutter that he started throwing late last summer. Along with that cutter, Schlosser has four other pitches in his repertoire, a low 90s fastball, curve, slider, and a mid 80s changeup. Of those five pitches, he has good command of three. If the cutter comes along to rank as a borderline plus pitch, Schlosser should continue to dominate at the upper minor league levels.
Relief Pitcher of the Week
RHP Mariano Llorens, Rookie Level Johnson City (STL): 0.00 ERA, 13.2 IP, 5 H, 5 BB, 25 K in 7 appearances; 6.2 IP, 0 R, 4 H, 0 BB, 14 K in three appearances last week.
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UTR Minor League NL Hitting Performance of the Week
Under the Radar 2012 Archive